The Edmond Sun


December 20, 2013

Santa brings a gift for everyone at Orvis Risner Elementary

EDMOND — Santa Claus visited Orvis Risner Elementary School and with the help of Brandon Mace with Academy Sports and Outdoors, Walmart, MIDCON and Feed the Children, each child received a gift Friday.

From books to magnetic boards to bicycles, no one was left out.

For 56 first-, second-, third-, fourth- and fifthgrade students the day was extra special. They received a bicycle. As each child’s name was called they ran onto the gymnasium floor and were given a bicycle. For some of the children it was their very first bike, but for all of them it was probably the most exciting moment of their young lives.

Thanks to Academy Sports and Walmart, 56 deserving Orvis Risner students received bicycles for Christmas.

Academy donated 30 bikes (15 boys and 15 girls) and 30 youth helmets during the 2013 holiday assembly Friday. The suggested age range for the 20-inch bikes was first- and second-graders.

“For the last 11 years, Academy Sports and Outdoors has donated thousands of bikes and helmets to local schools during the holidays,” said Patty Koeper, promotions coordinator with Academy. “This season, we will be visiting more than 100 schools to present students with bikes and helmets. The bikes are specifically made for this donation event.”

Walmart stepped up and donated 26 bicycles and asked that the bikes be given to students who had a need and then the school applied the same guidelines for choosing who would receive a bicycle. Third- and fourth-graders received these bikes.

The associates made a contribution and the store matched it and were able to purchase the additional bikes.

Students received the contingent rewards, said Principal Shana Perry, based on being purposeful in following the eight life principles the students live by each day and by doing the right thing when no one is watching.

“Our students have eight Expectations for Living to guide our attitude and conduct,” Perry said. “Students were selected based on their ability to apply these expectations daily with consistency. Additionally, we have placed a spotlight on students having excellent attendance, which will also be part of the selection process.”

Each teacher nominated four or five students who follow the principles and then the administration looked at the attendance of each student. Names were drawn for the winners.

“I want to thank Academy and Walmart for being a Partner in Education and a good steward of monies to make it possible for these 56 students to have bicycles for Christmas,” Perry said.

One of the school’s partners with the Edmond Public Schools Foundation, Carl Tipton from MIDCON, made sure that each Pre-K and kindergarten student received a cookie sheet, a package of magnetic letters and a package of magnetic numbers to use at home.

Through the efforts of the EPS Foundation Director Bob Ault, Feed the Children made sure each Orvis Risner student received an age appropriate book. Teachers chose the books for their classes, wrapped them and handed them out during the assembly.




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